The Cedaredge High School Marching Band and Choir have set the evening of Tuesday, May 24, as a special "Thank You" concert for the local community, the DCI has learned.
The group has reached its fundraising goal to pay for its honors trip to Washington, D.C., over the Memorial Day weekend. There they represent their school, their community, their state, their families and themselves performing at the Air Force Memorial as part of the nation's holiday celebration.
Their special community performance here before leaving will take place prior the group of 40-plus students and chaperones setting off for Denver via bus to catch their flight to Washington, D.C. Plans are for a marching band performance in downtown Cedaredge proceeding to Town Park. There, both the band and choir will perform at the Centennial Bandstand. The entire program is expected to last for about one hour, organizers said.
The group has been working hard since last year on raising funds and making arrangements for the trip. Preparations include a special seminar arranged through a local businesswoman who will bring an official from the Federal Transportation Security Administration to explain airport security procedures for the large group of travelers.
Band Parents treasurer Lesley Lewis explained, "Our original budget was almost $63,000. We raised $61,398. Parent contributions included in this are just over $14,000."
The group has counted every penny and found significant savings in equipment (instrument, uniform and luggage) transport, overnight lodging in Denver, and group bus transportation to Denver and back.
Lewis continued, "There will be a few more expenses, but we are working on getting in-kind donations for things like drinks, snacks, etc."
The group had reached its fundraising goal a little sooner than expected and the final tally was announced during the school music department's annual Night Club event on March 31.
The Night Club is a fundraiser for the school music program and proceeds from it are not used for the Washington, D.C., trip project.
"Night Club raised $1,294 for our music program!!!" Lewis told the DCI by email. "It was a great evening!"